Update from Leah
When my husband and I sat down to plan our 2021 goals, as well as when I sat down to plan my business goals for the coming year, there were really two phases to the whole process.
This first step is pretty much what you would expect from goal-setting.
I looked at the big vision I have for my life and the big-picture goals that I have, and thought about what I could do this year to get myself there. I thought about things like: career milestones, savings goals, health goals, and making sure that I was staying on track for the bigger things and the clearer things I knew I wanted out of life.
That felt good, but it still felt like there could be some more juice squeezed out of this process. We slept on it a night, and came back and really asked ourselves: What would we do knowing that 2020 was such a horrible year for so many people? There were so many unnecessary lives that were lost, and so many people don’t have the chance to set goals anymore. What would we look back on years from now, so grateful to have done?
So, what is on that list? Below are three of the things I came up with—which I don’t actually know that I’ll complete, but I’m at least entertaining the idea of trying. And, if nothing else, this is getting my juices flowing in a more expansive, bigger-picture version of goal-setting, rather than just having goals that are just checking off a list of things I want. This is a powerful shift I’m taking into both my life and my business in 2021.
1- I want to run a marathon
This is almost embarrassing to share, because not only am I not a good runner, I hate running. I have talked about my scoliosis journey before, but for those of you who are new to that journey, I do have a severe case of it, and any sort of impact sport is pretty painful, pretty quickly. Even running a mile has been hard for me in the past. But I just know that if I can manage to run a race like the New York City Marathon, I would not regret it. Not once would I look back and think, “Ugh, that was such a waste of time.” It would be an amazing experience. I know I’d feel so proud of myself, and it would be an amazing way to see the city I love so much. So, I’m entertaining that idea.
2- I want to write a book
There are a lot of different ideas behind this, and I’m sure you have visions of writing a book of your own, too. I’m going to see how this comes to form, what a book I write will look like and how it will support you and your life and business. It’s one of those things that I can continue to put off until it feels perfect, and I know it never will, so this is the year I want to take a serious look at it.
3- I want to quadruple our 2020 business income in 2021
To be totally blunt, this is something that I honestly don’t exactly know how we will do. But at the beginning of 2020, my income goal was slightly double that of our 20219 revenue, and even that felt like a stretch. That felt like something I had no idea how to do. And I didn’t have any idea how to do it. I remember at the beginning of January 2020, someone challenged me to double that goal, which (with some quick math) means that would have been a quadruple amount from what we had done in the year before.
Now, I’ll be honest, we didn’t actually quadruple our income last year, but we more than tripled it. In fact, we had turned what I made in all of 2019 into what we made in a month in 2020 in sales.
So, anything is possible, and that is the energy I want to continue to bring into my business. Even though I don’t know exactly how I’m going to do it, even though I don’t know if I can do it, I know that a year from now, I’m not going to look back and feel remorseful for trying to do it. If anything, I will learn more by trying and that’s where I’m bringing this.
So, those are my three “I know I won’t regret this” goals for 2021.
What about you? What are yours? Reply and let me know!